Wellington: Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja and skipper Steve Smith had held their wickets after their openers left the crease early in the innings in the first Test here at Basin Reserve on Friday.
Trailing a measurable 183 run first innings total, the visitors’s beginning was not so good as both the openers David Warner and Joe Burns left the crease early.
Despite the early exits, skipper Smith and in-form left-hander Khawaja settled down nicely and added 126 runs for the third wicket before Smith was sent back by Mark Craig with lovely caught and bowled.
However, Khawaja is still at the crease with 57 runs to his name along with Adam Voges who has scored 7 runs. Australia have scored 147 for the loss of three wickets before the umpires called the day off.
Previously, the visitors invited the Black Caps to bat after winning the toss.
The hosts had struggled very hard to score runs while the Aussie bowlers had got wickets in regular intervals. They were bundled out for a mere 183.
The highest partnership of the innings was made for the last wicket between Craig and Trent Boult. They have added 46 valuable runs for the last wicket.
Craig was the highest scorer with unbeaten 41 runs to his name while all-rounder Corey Anderson scored 38 runs.
Josh Hazlewood bagged four wickets while Peter Siddle and off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked three wickets each.
It is a memorable game for Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum as it was his 100th Test and also the last series of his international career.
He was handed a commemorative cap for his 100th Test and also given the toss coin from his daughter Maya.
However, it was not a lucky day for the veteran as he was dismissed for a duck.